28 December 2018

Angela McGhie To Lead NGS Education Program with Liz Stratton

Angela Packer McGhie & Liz Stratton to Lead
The National Genealogical Society’s Education Program

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is pleased to welcome Angela Packer McGhie, CG, as its education director and Liz Stratton, PLCGS, as its administrative course manager. They succeed Julie Miller, CG, CGLSM, FNGS, who has ably served as the interim education manager since March 2018.

NGS President Ben Spratling announced that McGhie, as the new education director, will be responsible for identifying and developing overall educational programming for new online courses that take advantage of sophisticated software to deliver optimum learning experiences. “As the administrative course manager, Stratton will complement McGhie’s work,” said Spratling, “managing the day-to-day operation of educational courses, coordinating the workflow, and acting as liaison to our students.”

Angela McGhie
McGhie has a background in secondary school education and is a board-certified genealogist, author, and lecturer who brings ten years of genealogical education experience to her new position. McGhie wrote the curriculum for the ProGen Study Program, served as its administrator (2008–2014), and is now on the board of directors. The ProGen Study Program guides aspiring professional genealogists to develop genealogical writing and business skills. McGhie has developed numerous genealogy institute courses including for the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. She also served as an instructor for the Boston University Certificate Program in Genealogical Research and for Howard Community College.

“I began my own genealogical education with the NGS Home Study Course,” said McGhie. “I’m excited to bring my expertise in genealogical education to developing courses for NGS. Both Liz and I look forward to continuing NGS’s tradition of providing educational opportunities for the genealogical community.”

Liz Stratton
Stratton holds a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS) from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies and is a regular attendee of genealogical institutes and conferences. She served as a GenProof mentor (2013-2016) and ProGen coordinator (2010-2012). She is the recent past-president of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Virtual Chapter, for which she developed monthly educational programs. During her tenure as Education Director of the Hamilton County (Ohio) Genealogical Society, she developed three, interactive education series and started the Advanced Genealogy Forum.

“We are deeply indebted to Julie Miller,” said Terry Koch-Bostic, chair of the NGS Education Committee. “She stepped in and took charge of the Society’s education department at a critical time and restructured it. She established new process guidelines; developed short and long-term goals; and reviewed all of NGS’s courses, overseeing updates and revisions in the 2018 calendar year. Miller also helped insure the education section was ready for the launch of the new NGS website this past fall. Thanks to her, Angela and Liz will be able to take the reins of an educational program that reflects the exemplary standards for which the National Genealogical Society is known.“

We look forward to our members meeting Angela and Liz at the NGS Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, in May 2019.

24 December 2018

Happy Holidays!

Season's greetings from the NGS Board of Directors and NGS staff.

In observance of the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, the NGS office will be closed on the following dates:
  • Tuesday - December 25, 2018
  • Wednesday - December 26, 2018
  • Tuesday - January 1, 2019

19 December 2018

Take a Look At NGS’s Holiday Gifts

NGS Holiday Gifts

‘Tis the Season of Giving and in the spirit of giving NGS has extended its deadline for enrolling in the Salt Lake City 2019 Research Trip to 27 December 2018. Why not share your love for genealogical research with someone you love and invite them to join you as you explore the world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, from 27 January to 3 February 2019? 

Other great gift ideas include purchasing a year’s Membership in the National Genealogical Society for a friend so he or she can take advantage of all our member benefits.  You also can use your Membership Discount to purchase gifts for friends and family including books from our Research in the States series and skill-building books that cover topics such as genetic genealogy and genealogical documentation. There are many educational courses to choose from too.  

Or relax over the holidays and take some time to cruise around our new website for genealogy guidance, or take our newly revised and updated free Family History Skills course, a benefit of your membership. 

Wishing you a joyous holiday season!

13 December 2018

Three Days Remain for NGS Awards & Competitions Submissions

Only Three Days Left for Submissions to the
NGS Annual Awards & Competitions

Final Deadline: 15 December 2018

Less than seventy-two hours remain for anyone who wishes to submit a nomination for the National Genealogical Society’s 2019 Awards and Competitions. Show your appreciation of one or more individuals, a deserving organization, or an NGS volunteer by nominating them for one of the Society’s prestigious awards, including: 
  • NGS Award of Merit
  • The Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism 
  • NGS Distinguished Service Award
  • The Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship (sponsored by ProQuest)
  • National Genealogy Hall of Fame
  • Fellow of the National Genealogical Society

Or enter one of our competitions, including:
  • Family History Writing Contest
  • Award for Excellence: Genealogy and Family History
  • Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources
  • NGS Newsletter Competition
  • John T. Humphrey, CG, Memorial Scholarship Award
  • Rubincam Youth Award

The deadline for submissions for both the awards and competitions is 11:59 PM, 15 December 2018.

NGS believes that outstanding work in the field of genealogy—indexing and digitizing records, creating free websites and webinars, writing articles, lecturing, chairing conferences, blogging, leading special interest groups, and creating communications and newsletters—deserves national recognition. We encourage you to nominate a genealogist or organizations or submit your own work to the NGS 2019 Awards and Competitions. Winners and award recipients will be recognized at the NGS 2019 Family History Conference, 8-11 May 2019, St. Charles, Missouri.

Complete details and all necessary forms can be found at the NGS website. All nominations must include email contact information for nominees and the persons nominating them.

Send nomination forms by postal service or email.
NGS Awards Program
6400 Arlington Blvd, Suite 810
Falls Church, VA 22042-2318
Include "NGS AWARD" in the Subject line of your message.